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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Next month, the fifth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); a pasta dinner; and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

Pasta dinners will be available, including pasta with choice of red or white sauce, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and a cookie, for just $4!

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

>> Want to help spread the word? Click here for a flier to print and post!

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 19, 2017

The Marion High School Speech and Drama Association is bringing the modern musical “Disney’s High School Musical” to local audiences later this month. This is a fun, family-friendly show that you won’t want to miss!

MHS students will bring Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical to life on stage at the Walton Performing Arts Center, as Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, April 27, and Saturday, April 29. Tickets are general admission, and $8 for adults, $5 for children/students.

Disney's High School Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do YOU have a plan for your students for the summer?

Did you know that students currently in grades kindergarten through eight can sign up NOW to attend the Giant Summer Academy?

The schedule: 

This free four-week program will run 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting June 5 and ending June 29. Free breakfast (at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch will be provided to all students enrolled in Giant Summer Academy. 

Morning sessions will be tailored to each student's academic needs. (These will not necessarily be grade-level groups. Rather, each student will be guided and challenged to grow from whatever their starting point is, and will have the chance to interact with others who are at a similar level.) 

Afternoon enrichment sessions each week will center on a theme:
  • June 5-8: Sports and Games
  • June 12-15: Performing and Fine Arts
  • June 19-22: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • June 26-29: Entrepreneurship
Field trips will be taken on Thursdays.

Location 

All academic and enrichment sessions for all students will be at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Breakfast and lunch will be available free for all students at the MHS cafeteria.

Transportation

Morning pickup and afternoon dropoff will be provided to all Giant Summer Academy students. (No transportation to or from home will be available midday.)

How to sign up

1. Click here to view the enrichment course list. Determine what your student's top three choices are for each week. (Final class assignements will be based on demand and space available.)

2. Click here to download the registration form and field trip permission slip.

3. Return your completed registration form (including top three enrichment courses for each week) and the field trip permission slip to your student's school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 5



>> NOTE: For information on summer classes for grades 9 through 12, click here.


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News For the third year in a row, the McCulloch Junior High School music department has earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s highest honor, the J/M/E Total Department All Music Award — making it the only school in the state to win three years straight.

Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

“Our students deserve a lot of praise,” said McCulloch choir teacher Christina Huff. “They have worked very hard to get this recognition.”

To qualify for the All Music Award, the school’s music students must have received gold ratings in all of the following events:
Because McCulloch qualified for the award in both choir and band, they were given the Total Department award, one of only two schools in the state to earn this award.  In 2016, McCulloch was one of only three schools in the state to earn this honor, but the only school to have won it back-to-back. In 2015 — the first year this award was given at the junior high level — McCulloch was the only school in the state to earn this honor. This is an outstanding accomplishment, three years running, and our fantastic music students and teachers deserve much praise. We take this opportunity to say congratulations to them all!

There will be many chances to hear these award-winning groups at various year-end shows. Watch for more information on these events — we hope to see you there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School’s Academic Giants were the only team in the state to earn a perfect score in math in the recent regional Academic Super Bowl competition, propelling them on to the state competition. The MHS science squad also advanced to the state level.



The Marion High School Academic Giants math team celebrates their perfect score of 25 at the Area Super Bowl Competition on April 18, 2017. Members are, standing, (left to right): Micah Hoeksema, Elizabeth Wuertley, and Truman Bennet; and seated in front, Nick Spitzer. (Photo provided by Matt Bennet)


The Giants competed with 48 other schools at Area Competitions around the state on Tuesday for the right to advance to the state competition. The top five teams in each subject advance.

“This is the third year in a row for our math team to make it to state,” said MHS math teacher Doug Porter, the math team’s coach. “We think this is our year — we want to bring home the title!”

The Giants were fourth in the state in 2016, and were state runners-up in 2015. It is also the second year in a row the science team has advanced to the state competition.

The two groups will compete at Purdue University on Saturday, May 6. The science team will compete at 10:30 a.m., and the math team will compete at 1:30 p.m.

Marion students compete in Class 2 in the Academic Super Bowl Senior Division. The four class divisions are based on school size. Academic Super Bowl Senior Division competitions consist of five subject matter rounds (English, fine arts, math, science, social studies) and a sixth interdisciplinary round. Each year a theme is selected, and questions at the competitions center around that topic. This year’s topic is “The French Revolution”.

The Giants earned first place in math, and fourth place in science, earning state berths in both. They were just one place shy of a state berth in English, coming in sixth.

The students who will be competing for the Giants at the state competition are:
  • Math team: Truman Bennet, Micah Hoeksema, Nick Spitzer, and Elizabeth Wuertley
  • Science team: Tristan Galeon, Catie Griffin, Megan Griffin, Drake Gunyon, Samantha Hauke, Micah Hoeksema, Kyle Hummel, Nihal Natgesh, Kendral Quill, Caleb Spitzer, Nicholas Spitzer, Elizabeth Wuertley
The math team is coached by Doug Porter, and the science team is coached by Robert Burchell and Layne Maki.

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools offer their congratulations to these outstanding students, and wish them good luck at the state level!

The Academic Super Bowl competition is offered by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The IASP offers academic competitions to honor intellectual achievement, showcase students, and give their families an opportunity for involvement.